Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Came Early

KC loves living in San Francisco.

But, she wishes that we lived closer.

Most of her friends have family close enough to visit on the weekends, but it is a 6 hour drive for her to visit us.

This year, she bought me a ticket to fly to San Francisco for a "mother-daughter" day.

I had to leave my house a 5:00 a.m. - which came early after a long week at school.

I had a 7:00 a.m. flight and was in her car and headed into the city by 8:15.

In our zeal to share everything that has been happening to both of us lately, we missed the turn off for the Bay Bridge and ended up in Berkeley.

We decided to get breakfast on Fourth Street and look at all the fun shops, but it was too early and only a little coffee spot was open.

I really wanted to check out the stores on Fourth Street, but that will be another trip.

We ended up just picking up muffins and heading into San Francisco.

KC was in Miami last weekend for a bachelorette,  had a "rah rah" inspirational 3 day training this week at work and was exhausted.

She texted me yesterday and said, change of plans - wear yoga pants and running shoes

She was dog sitting this sweetie for the weekend 

and said instead of a day long shopping spree, we were going to get some exercise.

We did a six mile walk from her apartment to Fort Point underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

It was wonderful to walk, talk and have KC all to myself.

We ate lunch at a little outdoor restaurant on Chestnut Street and then looked for the "clock" store.

I saw this display in a storefront on Union Street on our last visit to San Francisco, but the store was closed.

Today,  the store was open, but the red clock faces were sold.

The owner said another red oval is on order, should be in soon, and amazingly is in my price range!

KC promises to keep an eye out for it and keep it for me until our next visit.

As we walked, we passed the amazing houses of San Francisco and I snapped photos of doors and gates that caught my eye.



 I love that in the city, people carve out gardens in the tiniest spaces.

The original plan was a shopping spree for KC's birthday to buy some clothes for a very special week in the Hamptons in June.

A dear friend is getting married and there is a series of events scheduled.

We unwisely chose to shop downtown at Bloomingdales - as did every other person visiting and/or living in the city at this time.

What a zoo!

We found 2 darling dresses at Bloomingdales and still had a little time to spend before I had to leave.

I managed to find

orange pants and beads at J.Crew and polka dot shirt at Madewell.

At my favorite shop - Anthropologie - all I found were these cute paper clips.

I arrived at 8:15 a.m. and by 4:00 p.m.  I was on a train back to the Oakland airport.

I was back home by 8:00 p.m. and Steve whisked me off to The Cave for dinner.

Mother's Day might be tomorrow, but I had a pretty special day today!


  1. Lovely story and a very special (Mother's) day, Carol. And beautiful pics of S.F., too!! Thanks for sharing and have a very nice Sunday!

  2. Carol, what fun. I love San Francisco. Have only been once years ago and would love to go back. I received your package. That was so sweet of you. I will have to start placing some keepsakes in it.

    Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow Carol~what a whirlwind~sounds like a great day! Now you can REST today! Have a beautiful Mother's Day girl!

  4. oh - SF is mr quirky's and my favorite vacation - with of course an extended stay in Sonoma and or Napa. If we ever win the lottery we will be moving there.

  5. I love dropping by your blog, I loved the pics of the doors and gateways, and you have Mothers day on a different date than us, I have 2 sons so the shopping days like that never happen for me, glad you had a lovely day :-)

  6. My goodness! What a whirlwind trip. You managed to do so much! Wonderful!